China is busting pot farmers from space

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A Chinese satellite has detected the largest illegal marijuana plantation in the country’s history, Reuters reports, citing state-run media. The original announcement was reportedly made by China’s space agency, which did not detail the specific size of the field, but noted that it had been spotted in Jilin and Inner Mongolia, in the northeast corner of the country. The state-run China News Service reports that a number of other fields were spotted in neighboring provinces.

China’s space agency is said to have been detailing the various ways that a new satellite is being used for security, including spotting illegal border crossings. Using satellite imagery for the purposes of law enforcement isn’t new — a man in Oregon was busted with…

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